If you cut a worm in half, do both sides live?

No. The head part can grow a new tail if you cut it near the tail, but the tail part cannot grow a new head. The cut has to be near the tail for the worm to survive. A worm has five hearts, located near the head, and they all need to survive to keep the main part of the worm alive. If you cut an earthworm directly in half, both sides will die. If your child has already cut it in half, or your shovel has done so while gardening and your child anxiously wants to know if both sides will be alright, you can always bury both parts in the dirt so they can be with their other worm friends.

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